Thursday, June 7, 2012

summertime drinks

MamaKat's Weekly writing prompts: What are your favorite summertime drinks?

Despite our unseasonably cold June thus far, I am optomistic about a great summer. The Life is Good Festival just announced its headliner (Dave Matthews, Woot! Woot!) And though I haven't had any time this spring to train for any sort of race, I did find out about an all-female obstacle course race in September and I'm thinking of putting together a team of friends.

Most of all, I'm excited about the proximity of my apartment to the beach and the presence of a pool. Pool parties and girlfriend hang out sessions. Which means, of course, I need to try out all the summertime drink recipes that I've been collecting in my mind.

SUMMERTIME SAUCY ARNOLD PALMER

1 liter bottle of raspberry vodka
1/2 gallon lemonade
1/2 gallon iced tea

SHANDYGAFF

A few weeks ago, I met somebody who grew up in Germany and ordered one of these. It's surprisingly good!

Light beer (like a pilsner)
citrus soda (orange, lemon-lime, ginger ale, sprite)
mix half and half and enjoy


WATERMELON MARGARITAS

(I like my margaritas frozen and blended!)

tequilla
lime juice
pureed watermelon
elderflower liquer
simple syrup


LOVE FOR SALE

orange flavored vodka
orange juice
pineapple juice
lime juice
sprite
orange and lemon wedges

SANGRIA

(My favorite part of Spain was sitting in the plazas, drinking sangria and people watching)

 1 bottle red wine
 4oz cointreau
 2 liter bottle of sprite
 as much fruit as you can get your hands on


MIMOSAS

(we had mimosas on my 21st birthday at breakfast because it was on the first day of finals)

champagne
orange juice


BELLINI

(fell in love with Bellinis in Italy. Fell in love with Italy, too)

Prosecco
Peach Puree
mix 3 to 2 ratio in champagne flute


MINT JULEPS

(When I lived in the South, I always wanted to sit on a porch on a steamy afternoon and drink mint juleps. I think I may keel over after drinking one, but what the heck!)

crush several mint leaves with simple syrup in the bottom of a glass
fill glass with crushed ice
add 2 oz bourbon
and 2 tablespoons water
garnish with mint sprig







2 comments:

kaye said...

I like how you tied each recipe with a place or an event in your life. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Cathy said...

It sounds like we are having the same kind of weather. It's true that some people in Germany like to mix their beers. I've also seen wheat beer mixed with cherry or banana juice.